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Out and About

This is my second post today, but the first one was simply a loud-hailer comment to say “Happy International Women’s Day” which I hope has been a good day for you, wherever you are.

For once we were up reasonably early.  Our first port of call was our local branch of Morrisons supermarket in order to buy flowers to take to a dear friend whose wife died suddenly three years ago.  Today would’ve been her birthday and in her lifetime I always attempted to buy flowers for her birthday in purple, white and green (the green being the stems and leaves, of course.)  And so I have continued to do this, and therefore we took white roses and purple tulips to our friend in memory of his wife.

We then went to Boots (the chemist) where I bought a present for our daughter-in-law (our Grandson’s mummy) for Mothering Sunday, after which we drove to Wellswood so that husband could visit his barber (the barber is right next to the deli, photo above; you can just see the red and white barber’s pole outside.)   As there was a small queue in the barber’s, one chap being attended to and two more chaps waiting, I left husband there and went to the Rowcroft Boutique (charity shop) to hand over a few things and then I took photos of the pretty windows, one decorated with female items for Mothering Sunday, and the other with mainly male items, shirts, ties, etc.

After that, I popped into the deli, Me and Mrs Jones (top photo, with old-fashioned bicycle outside) where I had a cup of coffee and also bought a boxful of various salads and two steak pies for our supper. In fact, the pies are quite substantial and so we shared one for supper (re-heated) and will have the other one tomorrow.  Here are a selection of photos inside the deli …

The lights are in attractive lampshades made from chicken wire and decorated with ornamental ‘birds’ and ‘greenery’, and there are lots of fairy lights draped across the ceiling, too. It’s all very attractive, very artistic, with lots of things to look at, including this model yacht, close to where I was having my cup of coffee.

You can either buy food and take it out, or stop and have a meal within the café area.  Often there is music playing, sometimes French music which is lovely background music in this great deli.

There are so many choices … wine, cider, preserves,  you really don’t know which to choose! Here is just one rack of preserves, chutneys, etc.

And there again, you might fancy a new basket … I might get one on my next visit …

We then drove to the Palace Hotel on the seafront and shared a beef club sandwich which came with salad and a few chips (for those in Canada and America and perhaps even Australia and New Zealand, I don’t mean potato crisps, which I think you call “chips”, but  fried potatoes which you call “fries”, I think).  And with it, just half a pint of beer for me and half a pint of lager & lime for husband (yes a 1960s drink, but he still likes it!)

Then home, and my latest magazine had arrived …

I also bought myself some white roses in the supermarket this morning.  They were long-stemmed and so I cut them down drastically so that I could put them in a small glass vase on the hall table.

The late afternoon sunshine has leached a lot of the colour from this photo but I know that once the buds open, the roses will look pretty in the hall.  I don’t like to see tiny flower heads on top of very long stems as they look out of proportion; far better to cut off the long stems, I think.  It’s the flowers we wish to see, not long green sticks!

Later in the afternoon I went to see a friend who lives not far away, indeed we can see each other’s houses, just for a cup of tea and a chat.  All in all, a busy but most enjoyable day and weather so different from last Thursday’s blizzard.

Until next time.

About Margaret Powling

Margaret Powling
Margaret’s main interests are her husband and family, her friends, her home, her garden, writing, literature, architecture, décor, social history, photography, historic houses and gardens, and towns, villages and the countryside. She writes about the things she enjoys: flowers, scent, fine soap, monthly style magazines, and other such small indulgences, such as afternoon tea or simply enjoying her summerhouse with a book. She invites you to enjoy this virtual visit to South Devon, England.

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  1. What a wonderful looking deli. I trust the food you bought was tasty and well enjoyed. So kind of you to bring flowers to your friend in memory of his wife.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      The food from the deli was delicious. However … husband prefers a simple lettuce/cucumber/tomato salad rather than what he things of as new-fangled things such as couscous, but I loved it and there is some left for me for today!
      I like to remember her specially on her birthday. Some flowers in her memory does, I think, reassure her widowed husband that others miss her, too.

  2. Glad you have enjoyed getting out and about after the bad weather, Margaret. You seem to have had some sunshine too. We go out most days and today was the weekly WI coffee morning which is usually well supported as it is market day here every Thursday in our small town, which creates a nice, busy atmosphere. There are plenty of coffee shops and cafes too which is true of everywhere now. What a beautiful array of food in the deli – so tempting which is of course the idea! And those baskets are so colourful and unusual – I’d be buying one too! It is good to see things so well displayed as you have shown – also the charity boutique – their window is so well thought out and attractive.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Yes, it was sunny yesterday, Anne, but not so this morning. I’m just having my first cup of coffee, having woken up late, and shortly will make a 2nd pot. I can see it’s going to be a very lazy day at this rate! How lovely to live in a town where there are lots of good coffee shops and cafes, it’s always fun and not hugely indulgent to spend time having a cup of coffee and people watching for a little while, it is? Yes, the deli and the charity shop display their goods beautifully. It’s a pleasure to go in both of these establishments.

  3. In Australia, the word fries is becoming more common, especially with the younger generation, due to the American influence of McDonalds etc. “Chips” is the more common term, as in “fish and chips”. However, if one needs to differentiate between a packet of chips (crisps) and the other variety, one can say “hot chips”. In reality, all terms are understood and used….. and enjoyed 😁

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Oh, I’d not heard the term “hot chips” before, Rebecca! But we still use crisps for potato crisps (in a packet) and chips for “fries” much of the time. I love it when different countries use different words to describe much the same thing.

  4. Can see why you were tempted by the food in the deli Margaret, it looks delicious, I am a big fan of couscous and enjoy it both hot and cold. My favourite version is with lemon (zest and juice), sultanas and cumin seeds, goes well with a variety of food.
    How kind of you to take flowers to your friend in memory of his wife.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Sadly, husband doesn’t share my delight in couscous, but he will eat it if put on his plate – being a war baby (WW2 I mean) when there were food shortages and food rationing, he’s the kind of person who is grateful for what it put in front of him, no faffiness with him at all, but he just doesn’t care for some things (much like all of us.)
      It was our pleasure to take flowers to our friend in memory of his wife.

  5. I love a nice deli and often treat us to some tasty morsel, but they can be expensive. I’m never certain that the prettily packaged chutneys that I’ve bought taste any better than the Provender ones that I can buy in the supermarket.
    My husband is like yours, Margaret. He eats whatever he’s given though cous cous isn’t his favourite either.
    What gorgeous baskets. I think a Wellswood visit is on the cards when ear are next in the area.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Yes, the deli food was expensive – well, to me it was. I don’t know the Provender chutney’s, I’ve been buying small jars of some produced in Devon and they are very good. Yes, when you are in this area, Wellswood is a nice area to visit and if you are up for it, you can walk from there down to Meadfoot beach and the beach café sells a decent breakfast, the kind you can buy all day long, or just coffee (nothing fancy, just ‘coffee’ in a mug) or tea, but the view is lovely, totally unspoilt.

      • Eloise (thisissixty.blog)

        Sounds better by the minute!!

        • Margaret Powling
          Margaret Powling

          Yes, we had a very pleasant morning, ending up with sandwich and beer in the hotel on the sea front. And it’s not expensive. Lovely beef club sandwiches, which come with salad and chips (or crisps) and our two half pints, came to £10.40. That’s £5.20 each, not bad and in lovely surroundings.

  6. Margaret, I love the colourful baskets. What is the name brand? I’ll check to see if they are sold in the USA. I love your every day living blog. Thank you. Lucy

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Hello, Lucy. Sadly, I’ve no idea the name of the brand of those colourful baskets but I will be going into the deli again soon and I will make a point of looking and will post this on my blog post. Sop glad you like my everyday living in Devon blog. Mind you, Torbay, where we live, looks bleak today as it’s been wall-to-wall rain and very dark and cloudy.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Lucy, I had a look at the baskets again today when I called in the deli. There is a website: http://www.mowgs.com But when I had a look, they are not available in the USA.

  7. I also like the look of that deli and their beautiful display. I like food shops where there is plenty to look at and being able to take items home to eat later is all the better.

    I took a large bags of bits and pieces to one of our local charity shops this week. I had two Queen-size Donna covers (one with two matching pillow slips) which we no longer use. One had been quite expensive at the time and I’d saved up to buy it so was quite torn about getting rid of it but our linen cupboard is almost overflowing and I hadn’t used it for years. I figured someone else may benefit – even if just for a spare bedroom, a picnic blanket or something. Getting rid of excess in bits and pieces is far preferable for me. I’ll never be a minimalist, that’s for sure !

    Taking flowers to your late friend’s husband is a lovely gesture. I think it’s important to remember loved ones who are no longer with us although I realise that not everyone feels the same.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      The deli is lovely, Lara, and is always so busy and, I have to say the pies we bought were delicious – filled with lovely steak and carrots, not the usual mush that looks rather like tinned pet food!
      What a good idea to take your things to the local charity shops, they will be very much appreciated by someone. I haven’t heard of Donna covers, perhaps this is the make, such as our White Company (where I buy our duvet covers and pillow cases.)
      Yes, I feel it’s important to keep the memory of our friendships alive, and so one a year, on my friend’s birthday we take flowers in her memory to her husband. It’s then entirely up to him whether he places them on her grave with those of his own, or he keeps them in the house to enjoy there. But I’m a great believer in sending flowers; nothing cheers like a bouquet arriving unexpectedly, does it? Of course, sending flowers within the UK is relatively inexpensive, if you don’t choose the most elaborate of bouquets – I’ve no doubt it is perhaps more expensive in other countries.

  8. That should have been doona covers, not Donna covers. Spellcheck strikes again 🙂

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